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What makes Xarelto dangerous?

The medical community had high hopes for Xarelto when it was first introduced. As a blood thinner, it seemed to work exceedingly well. It stopped people from getting blood clots, which can be deadly. This included the traveling blood clots that pose such a significant danger. As a result, the medication made it less likely that someone would suffer from a stroke or deep vein thrombosis.

On top of that, Xarelto appeared to change the market because you only had to take one pill each day. This made it incredibly easy for people to use, and it still appeared to be just as effective as other options. People often prefer these once-a-day options -- just look at the way they choose their vitamins and supplements -- and so the drug became quite popular after getting FDA approval.

Georgia fares poorly when it comes to pedestrian deaths

To follow up on a previous post, while the number of traffic deaths across the country has declined overall, the number of pedestrian deaths remains high to the point of being an ongoing concern. With almost 6,000 pedestrians across the country dying on the roads in 2016, the numbers should alarm both public officials throughout the state of Georgia as well as for the average citizens of Rome and other towns in the northern part of this state.

This because, more so than most other states, pedestrian accidents are all too frequent in Georgia. In fact, in a recent analysis, Georgia ranked as the state with the tenth highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the country. Accounting for differences in population between the states, the analysis determined that 2.25 pedestrians die in traffic accidents for every 100,000 residents of this state.

Number of traffic deaths down overall

According to a recent report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, the number of deaths across down due to car and other accidents went down between 2016 and 2017.

This is hopeful news, even though the decrease, down to 37,133 fatalities in 2017, was only a modest 1.8 percent. The decrease pales in comparison to the 8.4 percent increase in deaths between 2014 and 2015 and 6.5 percent increase in deaths between 2015 and 2016.

How much asbestos exposure is too much?

Residents of Georgia might not realize it since it has been so closely associated with different types of lung cancer, but asbestos is actually a naturally occurring substance.

Still, when breathed in, it can linger in the lungs and cause all kinds of health problems, including mesothelioma and other cancers. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent.

Botched circumcision case in hands of jury

A botched circumcision case that involved an infant boy's losing part of his penis was headed to the jury for a decision after closing arguments. The incident which gave rise to this case happened, and the ensuing trial occurred, in another Georgia county not too far from Rome.

The allegations, which are against several medical professionals and businesses, are essentially two-fold. First, the midwife performing the circumcision, which was on an 18-day old boy, severed a portion of the boy's penis in the course of the procedure.

A workers’ compensation claim denial could get in your way

If you suffer a workplace injury, there's always a chance you will feel overwhelmed by all the changes that enter your life. In addition to dealing with your injuries, you're likely to have concerns about the impact on your future.

Fortunately, the ability to file a workers' compensation claim in Georgia can bring you some peace. If approved, you can receive financial assistance until you're healed and able to return to work.

What sort of things does workers' compensation cover?

While residents of Northern Georgia probably are aware that this state, like the other states, has a workers' compensation system, they may not understand exactly what benefits this system offers injured employees or, in the case of a fatal workplace accident, a deceased employee's family.

The biggest, and perhaps most important, expense workers' compensation covers is the payment of an injured worker's medical bills. While there are time limits cutting off how long medical treatment for some injuries can last and still be paid, there's generally no cap on how expensive these bills can be.

Some question judgment of Georgia's Medical Board

Like other licensed professionals in this state, physicians are expected to adhere to certain standards of behavior and competence. If they do not do so, then regulators with the state are supposed to take action against their licenses so their tendency to make medical errors cannot harm other patients.

However, the ongoing investigation of one major media outlet suggests that the Composite Medical Board, which oversees the conduct of licensed physicians in Georgia, might be engaging in some unfortunate and unexplained leniency when it comes to giving back licenses to doctors who have been caught misbehaving, often in ways that harm patients.

Common drugs may contribute to depression epidemic

According to a recent report from a major medical journal, about 1 in 3 of people in the United States are on at least one drug that has depression as a potential side effect. Perhaps more disturbingly, this same study concluded that 1 in 4 Americans are on at least one drug that increase the possibility of suicide.

Among those who use these drugs, those who conducted the study discovered that warnings about depression and suicide which appeared on the labels weren't just hypothetical. Those studied who were on the drugs that caused depression frequently experienced elevated bouts of the mental condition.

Recent generic anti-depressant cases raises legal issue

Recently, a federal appellate court in another part of the country, perhaps to the disappointment of many victims of dangerous drugs, set aside a $3 million verdict that a jury had awarded to the widow of a successful attorney who killed himself.

The man was on the generic equivalent of Paxil, a common anti-depressant. The woman had alleged that the manufacturer of Paxil had not provided an adequate warning label since the warning did not include mention of the possibility of middle-aged adults being more prone to suicidal thoughts while on this medication.

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